Hi everyone! I found out I passed my NCLEX-RN this morning and figured I would talk about my experience and how I studied because I really appreciated reading other people's posts and perspectives! Sorry in advance if this is a lengthy post, I just don’t want to leave anything out.
I graduated May 18th and signed up to take my NCLEX June 25th. I was a fairly good student but when I finally sat down to study for my exam I felt like I knew nothing and hadn’t retained anything lol. My school actually provided a free 30 day subscription to Uworld. This was just the question bank, not the assessment tests.
I worked through all of the questions and had a pretty random study schedule. I did all the questions by topic and would answer questions until I felt burnt out. I marked LOTS of questions and focused heavily on the ones I got wrong. I read and hand wrote rationales for almost all of the questions I got wrong. If you do use Uworld I would focus heavily on the rationales and don’t just try and memorize large chunks of content.
I also had a Saunders physical textbook that I planned to read through completely...that did not happen. After reading and taking notes on about 15 chapters I realized I was not absorbing anything. The questions at the end of the chapters were usually way too easy as well.
I did study a bit the day before my exam, focusing on the content I felt weakest in. I went into my exam feeling very anxious and nervous. I ended up getting around 130 questions. I somehow sped through my test and finished in a little under two hours. I didn’t feel confident about many questions and when I left the testing room I really thought I’d failed. I’m now learning that most people feel like that after the exam.
I did the Pearson Vue trick many many times and got the bad pop up every time...I did end up passing though!! I would tell everyone to just avoid doing the trick but I know everyone feels anxious after the exam and a quick result sounds appealing.
If anyone has any specific questions about Uworld or the Nclex feel free to ask!!